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Old 02-18-2018, 02:31 AM
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Hi I am new to the forum and also new to owning a Budgie. I bought Rocky on Friday who is already hand tamed, he is approximately 12 weeks old. I know bonding with him takes time and I'm prepared for that, but when I talk to him he tends to close his eyes and I was wondering what Budgie body language does it mean? Does he find my voice comforting? Or am a considered a predator? Or am I just plain boring? Also he doesn't chirp much but does chirp and comes out of his shell a little if I play budgie noises on YouTube, but I'm not sure playing them is a good thing as I want him to bond with me not YouTube. Or am I doing the right thing?

I have also noticed that he is totally disinterested in his surroundings he just sits on his perch, I know I have only had him 2 days but is this normal? Is this a case of new home/environment. I am quite concerned .

I'm sorry if these seem like stupid questions, but I am new to this and I would appreciate any advise.

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It's perfectly normal for your little one to not want to make much noise. All budgies, even if they are hand tamed, need a few weeks to settle into their environments. As he feels more comfortable in his surroundings, he will start to come out of his shell more.

Budgies see silence as danger, so you should be playing something in the background, especially when he's alone. Soft music is a good choice, and if he doesn't seem bothered by the budgie sounds (i.e if he's not stressed or trying to look for the "other budgies") then it may be a good choice as well.

If he's closing his eyes while you talk to him, that's great! It means he's feeling comforted by your voice and isn't scared of it.

He's still very new, and this is all very normal. Don't worry and just keep on talking to him frequently
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Hi thank you so much for responding I feel a little more confident now. This afternoon he perked up and started chirping especially when my other half put the football on (typical bloke then). He has also been tucking into his seed pot, but so far not seen him drink which I am concerned about because I have the seed pot at one side and the door and the water bowl at the other side. He still blinks when we talk to him and sometimes he opens and closes his beak as well which is adorable.

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It’s quite normal for budgies to be shy at first- my little guy didn’t fully come out of his shell until 5 months after I got him! Also, budgies are very quick about drinking and don’t drink much, so it’s normal to not see them drinking
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I have a little radio playing on low 24/7 in my budgies' room. I try to hang out in the same room as them whenever possible even if I'm not directly interacting with them so they are very used to me and how I move and such. I also talk to them constantly and sing songs to them all the time. If you're not sure what to sing (even if it's off key I find they love it) I find you can't go wrong with disney songs - my two love 'the bear necessities', 'once upon a dream', 'poor unfortunate souls', and 'so this is love'.
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Hi thank you so much for responding and I appreciate all the help, advise and reassurance that everyone is giving me, I have noticed and I am worried about that he has poop stuck to his Vent (yes I have consulted Google) and his tail occasionally quivers, his vent does look a little unkempt and yet to see him preening himself but the rest of his feathers look ok. It could be a nervous settling in thing but I have also read that a dirty vent could be more serious. Because we have only had him three days I feel very reluctant in disturbing him again by taking him to a vet. My other half says I'm worrying over nothing and bear in mind we have only brought him home three days ago. Yesterday he was subdued very much like he is this morning he is just sitting on his perch showing no interest in his toys, to be honest he has not, yet, shown any interest in any of his cage accessories. Yesterday he did eat quite a bit but not seen him drink, and last night he sat on one of his perches and was in the same position when I came down this morning. This morning he is pretty much how he was yesterday sat in the same spot, quiet and taking no interest just looks like he is sat looking around. I'm am really hoping someone will tell me off for being a neurotic new mum to a lovely shy little boy who is just finding his beak in this new strange home and stop consulting Google which is making me worry for nothing, but also if I do have cause for concern I will know what the best course of action will be.

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Hi I brought my baby budgie Rocky home on Friday, which was three days ago, I believe he is 12 weeks old. I have noticed and I am worried about that he has poop stuck to his Vent (yes I have consulted Google) and his tail occasionally quivers, his vent does look a little unkempt and I am yet to see him preening himself but the rest of his feathers look ok. It could be, and hoping, it's a nervous settling in thing but I have also read that a dirty vent could be more serious. Because we have only had him three days I feel very reluctant in disturbing him again by taking him to a vet. My other half says I'm worrying over nothing and bear in mind we have only brought him home three days ago. Yesterday he was subdued very much like he is this morning he is just sitting on his perch showing no interest in his toys, to be honest he has not, yet, shown any interest in any of his cage accessories. Yesterday he did eat quite a bit but not seen him drink, and last night he sat on one of his perches and was in the same position when I came down this morning. This morning he is pretty much how he was yesterday sat in the same spot, quiet and taking no interest just looks like he is sat looking around, however, yesterday, during the afternoon when my other half put Football on he did liven up and got quite chirpy. I'm am really hoping someone will tell me off for being a neurotic new mum to a lovely shy little boy who is just finding his beak in this new strange home and stop consulting Google which is making me worry for nothing, but also if I do have cause for concern I will know what the best course of action will be. I would like to add Rocky is my first budgie and I'm very new to this

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Firstly, take a deep breath. I know how worrying it can be when you first bring home your bird, but usually everything is fine. If your bird was at the bottom of the cage fluffed up instead of on a perch, I would tell you to be more worried. Otherwise everything you have said sounds very normal for a new budgie that is getting settled in. Rocky is likely very scared and will be more active when he feels safer. You can play music, talk to him, read to him and sit by his cage. All these things will help him get used to you and relax. Playing music especially is helpful because budgies worry when it is quiet. In the wild, that usually means that danger is near.

Despite what I said about things sounding normal (even the pasted vent could be the result of stress), it is a good idea to take your bird to the vet early on. This helps you establish a relationship with a vet and give the vet a baseline for your bird. You can also get it tested for a common illness. It is important to take your bird to an avian vet, not one that just sees birds.

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Hey LL,

I merged your two threads into one so that all your questions about Rocky are in one place

I agree that you need to take a few breaths and relax. It's hard not to worry about every little thing when you bring your little one home, but keep in mind that he's still stressed and trying to settle into his new environment.

Runny stools are often caused by stress, so this is most likely the cause. Since he's actively preening, he'll be able to clean himself up. Budgies pick up on stress from us, too, so don't worry so much

Also, for peace of mind, budgies drink so little and are so quick at doing so that for the first few weeks you may never see him drink Rest assured, he is, so don't be concerned.

Hey-- stop being a neurotic new mum and let your sweet shy boy find his beak in his new house on his own

You're doing great so far!!
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